Obituaries from
Navarro County, Texas



Alice Priscilla (Barham) Bell
Nov 14, 1940 - May 16, 2010
Alice Priscilla Barham Bell
Daily Sun

Corsicana — Alice Priscilla Barham Bell of Blooming Grove was led home by her Lord and Savior on Sunday, May 16, 2010, after suffering years with Alzheimer's Disease. She was born on Nov. 14, 1940, in Corsicana to Robert and Opal Barham.

Alzheimer's took away a lot of things from our dear mother, but never her love and faith in her sweet Jesus. She was always there for her children and grandchildren offering them encouragement and words of faith and wisdom which will be missed, but will also be passed on for generations.

She is survived by her three children, Dana Stubbs and husband Norman of Corsicana, Cody Bell and wife Rashelle of Midlothian and Sherri Wilkinson and husband Darrell of Blooming Grove; grandchildren, Megan Wilkinson, Zachary Wilkinson and Jarod Wilkinson, all of Blooming Grove, Cody Bell II of Ennis, Whitney Evans of Midlothian and Matthew Benson of Minnesota; three nephews, Jimmy Fuller, Mark Hambrick and Michael Hambrick; and two nieces, Barbara Rice and Kay Bottoms.

Alice was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Opal Cook Barham; sisters, Dorothy Clarkston, Bobbie Fuller and Wanda Hambrick; one grandchild, Kady Marie Bell; one nephew, Gary Hambrick; and a husband, Bobby Dan Bell.

Her passion was music and she expressed her love and faith in Jesus Christ in the poetry and songs lyrics she wrote. She loved to sing praises to Lord as she played the piano by ear. She enjoyed seeing God's amazing beauty in her flower garden and also found great joy in bird watching. She also had a love for history and genealogy and took great pride in her family heritage. She always showered her family and friends with love and compassion and thoroughly enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.

She was also a recovering alcoholic and a member of Alcoholics Anonymous with over 32 years of sobriety. She was devoted to helping so many other recovering alcoholics and touched so many lives in her sobriety years.

The family wishes to thank Family First Hospice of Ennis for always being there for them and for the care and comfort they provided for their dear mother in her last month in life.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 19, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Services will be 10 a.m. Thursday, May 20, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with Chaplain Kirk Curry officiating. Interment will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery in Blooming Grove.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.


E. W. Wiley
May 9, 1939 - May 9, 2010

E. W. Wiley, resident of Mt. Calm, passed away on Sunday, May 9, 2010, at Baylor All Saints Hospital in Fort Worth at the age of 71 years.  He was born in Mt. Calm on May 9, 1939 to Hubert A. Wiley and Mary Wells Wiley.  

E.W.'s joys in life included: Listening to "Willie"; watching the Dallas Cowboys, watching nascar and the #1 fan of Dale Earhart, Jr; fishing; and Christmas, especially Christmas lights.

He is survived by his wife Janet Wiley of Mt. Calm.  Sons: Scott Wiley of Corsicana and Mark Wiley of Corsicana. Step daughters: Shelia McGrath of Austin and Jamie Stone Taylor of Frisco.  Three grandchildren: Stacey Wiley, Erik Wiley, and Dillon McGraft.  Also are his sister Molly Jenson of Waco and brother Hugh Wiley of Mt. Calm.

Graveside services will be held on Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. at Hamilton - Beeman Cemetery in Retreat.

Stafford Beaubouef
Sept 12, 1923 - May 5, 2010

Stafford Beaubouef
Stafford Beaubouef of Corsicana passed away on May 5, 2010 at Navarro Regional Hospital at the age of 86. He was born on a farm in Rapides Parish, Louisiana on September 12, 1923 to Otis and Bessie Spikes Beaubouef.

Stafford graduated from Cheneyville High School in Louisiana and continued his education, enrolling at Louisiana State University in 1943. While at LSU, he served in a number of leadership roles: Vice President of the Student Body, President of Omicron Delta Kappa and also President of the YMCA and Baptist Student Union. He also was active in many organizations in the College of Agriculture. He graduated from LSU in May of 1947 with a Bachelor's Degree in Agronomy.

Stafford's career was spent in the agriculture businesses; first as a County Agent in Shreveport Louisiana, then in sales work for John Deere Chemical Company of Tulsa, Oklahoma. He spent his final career years with Mississippi Chemical Corporation of Yazoo City Mississippi, covering the Texas region before retiring in 1987. Throughtout his career he was active in Plant Food Societies and served as chairman of the Southwest Fertilizer Asscociation.

He is survived by his wife Mae Tanner Beaubouef. They met at LSU and married shortly after their graduations. He is also survived by two daughters, Jane Yount of Arlington and Ann and husband Bob Bates of Gatesville; also the great joys of his life, grandchildren, Tim and wife Dina Gilliam of Oak Point, Anna and husband Jake Howard of Arlington, Amanda Gilliam of Carrollton, Emily Bates of Brooklyn, NY and Tanner Bates of Fort Drum, NY. Stafford's extra joy in life is great granddaughter, Ava Grace Howard of Arlington.

Also surviving is his sister, Marjorie Beaubouef Hoyt of Pineville, Louisiana and sister in law Mary Alice McCormick of Baton Rouge, Louisiana and numerous loving nieces and nephews.

Services will be at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home on May 8th at 2:00pm with graveside services to follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Family will be receive visitors on Friday May 7th from 5-7pm at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Pallbearers are Tim Gilliam, Tanner Bates, Jake Howard, M.L. Hoyt, Tommy McCormick and David Kasprzyk. Honorary pallbearers are Gaylord Edling, Woody Dosser, Steve Bryan, Campbell Gillispie and Don Jones.

Memorials may be made to LSU Foundation/Agricultural College 3838 West Lakeshore Drive Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70808.

Jimmy Lee Armstrong
July 9, 1934 - April 28, 2010

Jimmy Lee Armstrong
Jimmy Lee Armstrong, 75 of Blooming Grove, passed away April 28, 2010. He was born July 9, 1934 in Chambers Bottom Navarro County to Sol and Mamie Armstrong.

He is survived by daughters Pam Conly and husband John, Becky Loosier and husband David; sons Lee Armstrong and wife Lori, Jimmy Clyde Armstrong, Brandon Armstrong and wife Debbie, Ace Armstrong and wife Malissa; 10 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren; brother Jack Armstrong; sister Francis Hatley.

He is preceded in death by wife Clyda Jo Armstrong and daughter Tina Jo Armstrong.

He was a member of First Baptist Church in Blooming Grove. He enjoyed gardening and watching Longhorn football.

Visitation will be 6-8pm Friday April 30, 2010 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Services will be 10am Saturday May 1, 2010 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Grady Cashion officiating. Burial will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Scott McGraw, Phil Golden, Nick Nichols, Kelly Smith, Max Gibson and Mack McGraw.


Homer Owen Robinson
Sep 6, 1942 - Apr 21, 2010

Homer Owen Robinson, 67, of Barrry passed away April 21, 2010. He was born September 6, 1942 in Cleburne to Arnold and Francis Robinson.

He is survived by his wife, Susan Jones Robinson of Barry; children, Rick and Linda Robinson of Mildred, Cynthia and Jody Eslick of Barry, Andrew Strickland of Corsicana, Eric and Laura Robinson of Barry, Eddie and Wendy Robinson of Barry, Justin and Ashley Clark of Barry, Charlotte Joriner of Ft Worth, Michael and Ann Brumbalow of Weatherford and Sunshine Clark of Cleburne; siblings, Kathy White of Milsap, Ronnie Robinson of Ft Worth, Billy Robinson of Ennis, Shirley Robinson of Waxahachie and James Robinson of Cedar Creek; 19 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.

Visitation will be Sunday April 25, 2010 from 6-8pm at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Graveside services will be 2:00pm Monday, April 26, 2010 at Resthaven Memorial Park.

Tory Lee Cantu
Feb 17, 1997 - Apr 14, 2010

Tory Lee Cantu
Tory Lee Cantu our precious angel was given to us on February 17, 1997 in Corsicana. She was given her wings on April 14, 2010 at Children's Medical Center in Dallas where she fought like a champ and had all the staff mesmerized by not only her bravery by her stubbornness and individuality. Tory's personality and humor brightened up any room and had everyone laughing by the time she left. Heaven has not only gained one beautiful angel, it's also gained a little jokester who has definitely livened the place up. She might have only been on this earth for 13 years but she touched so many lives and her smile has been imprinted on everyone's heart.

She was in the 7th grade at Rice High School.

She is preceded in death by her MiMi Debbie Blue. They are now together walking hand in hand and we know MiMi couldn't be happier to have her ToTo at her side.

She is survived by parents, Robyn and Joe Kittrell, Alex and Carmen Cantu; brother Ty Cantu, all of Corsicana. Grandparents Wesley and Tommie Blue, Pete and Grace Cantu all of Corsicana. Great grandparents Frances Perry, M.H. and Ida Blue of Corsicana and Frank Cantu. Uncles and aunts, Ryan and Chasity Blue, Patty Wells, Arnold Cantu, Chet and Brittni Kittrell, Ronnie and Linda Ford and Jennifer and Todd Stubbs all of Corsicana. Cousins Robert Wells, Aaron, Avery, Alyssa and Lexie Cantu, Logan Gruver, Parker Kittrell, Rian and Will Stubbs, Houston Rodges. She is also survived by her best friend Sadie Gent (Turtle) and 2nd family Mama Gent, Mr. Coach Gent and Sarah.

Visitation will be 6-8pm Friday April 16, 2010 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Services will be 3pm Saturday April 17, 2010 at First Baptist Church with Dr. Darin Wood and Dr. Gary Johnson officiating. Burial will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Aaron Cantu, Avery Cantu, Robert Wells, Robert Allen, Dan Taylor and David Currey.

Josephine (Flores) Garcia
Sep 9, 1920 - Apr 9, 2010

Josephine Garcia
Josephine Flores Garcia, 89 of Corsicana, passed away April 9, 2010 in Corsicana. She was born September 9, 1920 in Waco to Victor and Inez Flores.
She is survived by sons Robert Garcia and wife JoAnn of The Colony, Cande Garcia of Corsicana, Victor Flores of Angleton, Manuel Flores and wife Faye of Grand Prairie, Raymond Flores of Corsicana, Ross Flores of Corsicana; daughters Mary Connor of Newton, Lou Graham Estes and husband Don of Corsicana; brother Manuel Flores and Thelma of Corsicana; 15 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren.
Visitation will be 6-8pm Monday April 12, 2010 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Services will be 10am Tuesday April 13, 2010 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Charles McBryde officiating. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Raymond Flores, Ross Flores, Manuel Flores, John Graham, Roy Graham, Wayne Moody. Honorary pallbearers will be Edmond Flores, Manuel Flores Jr., Billy Flores Jr.

Lewis Preston "Wigs" Grimmett
Jan 7, 1930 - Apr 9, 2010

Lewis Preston Grimmett, 80, of Corsicana passed away April 9, 2010. He was born January 7, 1930 in Barry to Roy Earl Grimmett and Jewel Farris Grimmett.

He is survived by his wife Billie Grimmett; daughter, Diane Sullivan of Anahaul, Texas; brothers, Jerry Grimmett of Corsicana, Clyde Grimmett of Greenville and Nelson Grimmett of Euless; grandchildren, Angela Swisher and Tiffany Goodwin; four great grandchildren, Lauren, Bailee, Lexy and Chloe.

Visitation will be Monday April 12th from 8-9:30am. Graveside services will be 10:00am Monday at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery with Bro. Floyd Petersen officiating.

Mary Ruth (Norwood) Richards
Aug 30, 1923 - Apr 8, 2010

Mary Richards
Mary Ruth (Norwood) Richards, 86, of Corsicana entered heaven on April 8, 2010. Mary was born August 30, 1923 in Retreat, Texas to Clarence and Dottie Norwood. She was raised by her Aunt Susie (Gillen) Gideon.
Mrs. Richards graduated from Blooming Grove High School. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Corsicana and a life time member of the Eastern Star. Mrs. Richards retired from Texas Utilities in 1987 with 32 years of service.
Mrs. Richards was preceded in death by her husband George E. Richards, Sr.; son, Stanley Dale Richards; brothers, Glen and Miller Norwood; sister, Opal Dean Norwood and her beloved Aunt Susie (Gillen) Gideon.
Mrs. Richards is survived by her two daughters, Dottie Stubblefield and husband Jack, Patricia Ann Hobba and husband Raymond; two sons, John Richards and wife Jean, George E. (Eddie) Richards Jr.; sister in law, Georgia Norwood; six grandchildren; six great grandchildren; two nieces and one nephew.
Visitation will be held from 6-8pm Monday, April 12th.
Services will be 1:00pm Tuesday, April 13th at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with Bro. Floyd Petersen officiating. Interment will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Larry Norwood, Jerry Anderson, Gordon Wilson, Charles Knott, Kylan Williams, Jerry Jones.

Truman Clint Adams
May 12, 1918 - Apr 6, 2010

Truman Clint Adams
Truman Clint Adams, 91 of Corsicana, passed away April 6, 2010 in Corsicana. He was born May 12, 1918 in Dawson, Texas to Hill Clint and Velma Sarah Slater Adams.

Mr. Adams was a charter member and deacon at Trinity Baptist Church where he lovingly served his Lord. He was retired from the Texas Department of Transportation Maintenance Division. After retirement he enjoyed working in his yard and garden as well as traveling with his loving wife and family. He will be remembered by those who knew him as a gentle, kind and loving man. He always had a giving heart to those in need. He never met a stranger and always had a story to tell. He will be missed but never forgotten.

He is preceded in death by wife of 68 years Letha Adams, parents Hill and Velma Adams, sister Onita Hollifield, and brother Delma Rea Adams.

He is survived by children Donald R. Adams and wife Sandra of Corsicana, Dot Burns and husband Marvin of Corsicana; sister Valta Bruce of Corsicana; sister in law Dorothy Lee Adams of Arlington; grandchildren Mike Adams and wife Cherie of Corsicana, Lisa Burns and husband Chuck of Corsicana; great grandchildren Melanie King and husband Kyle of Round Rock, Bethany Sadler and husband John of Killeen, Mark Burns of Austin, Matt Burns of Corsicana, Brooke Adams of Forney, Trae Adams of Fairfield, Chris Barnes of Lancaster; great great grandchildren Madison Claire King of Round Rock and Brandon Seals of Corsicana; former daughter in law Pat Haba of Corsicana.

Visitation will be at 6-8pm Thursday April 8, 2010 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Services will be 2pm Sunday April 11, 2010 with Bro. Floyd Petersen and Bro. Harold Scott officiating. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Mike Adams, Chuck Burns, Jr., Mark Burns, Matt Burns, Kyle King, and Chuck Burns, Sr.

Lucien H. Champenois
June 14, 1914 - Apr 5, 2010

Lucien Champenois
Lucien H. Champenois, 95, of Corsicana passed away April 5, 2010. He was born June 14, 1914 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi to Dr Fern and Jessie Champenois.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Bonnie A. Warne Champenois.

He is survived by his children, L. Hal Champenois Jr of Corsicana, Bonnie Champenois English of Winsted Conn., Mary Champenois Evans of Coppell; grandchildren, Michelle Champenois Rethage, Bonnie Catherine Krasinski, Tess Krasinski, Barry Evans Jr. and Erin Evans; great grandchild, Lily Rethage, niece Jessica Germany, and nephew C.C. Germany Jr.

Dorothy "Dot" (Hiler) Russell
Feb 8, 1933 - Apr 4, 2010

Dorothy (Dot) Russell
Dot "MawMaw" Russell, of Bloming Grove passed away suddenly on Sunday, April 4, 2010. She was born in Blooming Grove to George and Georgia Hiler on February 8, 1933. She was the 7th daughter of the 7th daughter. She married Bob Russell in January of 1953. Her first love was Bob then her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Dot loved having tea parties with her grand babies. She enjoyed working in the garden, canning the vegetables and making jellies/jams. She was an avid Dallas Maverick fan and rarely missed a game.

She is survived by her husband, Bob Russell of Blooming Grove; son, Mike Russell and wife Barbara of Kingswood; daughter, Rita Farish and husband Larry of Blooming Grove; grandchildren, Amber and Dan Townsend of Kingswood, Melissa and Austin Werner of Huffman, Paul Russell of Austin, Kelli and Chad Burks of Wortham, Ryan and Andrea Farish of Blooming Grove; great grandchildren, Carley and Sydney Bray, Luke Werner, Jaedyn and Larame Stapleton, Owen Burks and Harlee Farish; sister, Barbara Garrison and husband Jerry of Kerens; brother, Doug Hiler and wife Mary of Blooming Grove; sister in law, Sandra Hiler of Frost and a whole host of nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held from 6-8pm Wednesday, April 7th at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Funeral service will be held Thursday, April 8th at Griffin-Roughton Chapel with Bro Grady Cashion officiating.

Pallbearer will be nephews, Hugh Nicholson, Monty Hill, Jimmy Hiler, Michael Hiler, Tom Estes, Gary Armstrong, Brent Hiler and Ray Garrison. Interment will be at Rosehill Cemetery, Blooming Grove.

Hawland Glenn Wiggs
May 8, 1923 - Apr 3, 2010

Glenn Wiggs
Hawland Glenn Wiggs of Blooming Grove passed away April 3, 2010 in Corsicana at the age of 86. He was born May 8, 1923 in Blooming Grove, Glenn always lived there and joined First Baptist Church at the age of 15 in 1938. Glenn was a Master Mason for 56 years.

Glenn farmed for 8 years, worked at American Wells Foundry for 2 years, raised cattle until 1985 and retired from Tom's Food after almost 22 years.

Glenn is survived by nephews John Armstrong and wife Patricia of West Colombia, Jerry Armstrong and wife Kathy of San Antonio, Keith Armstrong and wife Cheryl of San Antonio, Jimmy McClure and wife Jimmie Lou of Midlothian and Alvin McClure and wife Jamie of Corsicana.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Howard and Verna Wiggs; brother, J.T. Wiggs; sisters, Beth Rohus and Catherine Armstrong.

The family wishes to offer sincere thanks to Heritage Oaks West and especially thanks to Family First Hospice, Inc.

Visitation will be Tuesday, April 6th from 6-8pm at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Graveside services will be Wednesday 2:00pm April 7th at Rosehill Cemetery in Blooming Grove. Pallbearers are Johnny Armstrong, Bob Bray, Don Coker, Dewey Gordon, Dan Greer and Ryan James.

David L. Jackson, Jr.,
Feb 13, 1923 - Apr 3, 2010

David L. (Uncle Curly) Jackson, Jr.,
David L. (Uncle Curly) Jackson, Jr., was born February 13, 1923 in Dallas, Texas and he pased away on April 3, 2010 at his home in Blooming Grove, Texas. He was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Janet L. Brewer Jackson.

He is survived by his son, David H. Jackson and wife Glenna Beth of Pasadena, Texas and by his son, Boyd L. Jackson and wife, Robin of Corsicana, Texas. He is also survived by sister-in-law Mary Louise Sobotic of Houston, Texas; by three grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

David L. Jackson, Jr., was placed in Boles Orphan Home at age 8 with three brothers. He met his future wife there and both graduated from Boles High School and moved to Houston, Texas. They moved to Pasadena, Texas in 1961. He was a member of the Church of Christ all of his life. He served in the military in World War II with the 82nd Airborne Division in France and Belgium and received the Purple Heart in the Battle of the Bulge. He retired after 37 years with Crown Central Petroleum Corporation as an operations supervisor.

The family will meet friends from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., on Tuesday, April 6, 2010 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Services will be held Thursday at Forest Park Lawndale Funeral Home in Houston, Texas. Time has not been set.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Boles Childrens Home, 7065 Love, Quinlan, Texas 75474.

Lena Margaret (Sheppard) Reames
July 10, 1915 - Apr 1, 2010

Lena Reames
Lena Sheppard Reames died Thursday, April 1, 2010 at the age of 94. She was born on July 10, 1915 in Blooming Grove, Texas to William and Addie Sheppard. She was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Homer Reames; her children - Edwin Harlan Reames, Carol Ann Steele and Jackie Lynn Reames.
She is survived by her sons: Dennis Reames and his wife Rhonda of Blooming Grove and Larry Don Reames and his wife Sandy of Lake Dallas; sister Addie Mable Groschke of Lancaster; sister-in-law Jimmie Sheppard of Corsicana; 11 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren and 6 great-great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be Friday, April 2nd at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home from 6-8 p.m. Funeral service is scheduled for Saturday, April 3rd at the First Baptist Church in Blooming Grove at 2:00 p.m., with Grady Cashion officiating. Burial will follow at the Frost Cemetery.

Douglas Clarence "Doug" Walker
Feb 17, 1942 - Mar 31, 2010

Doug Walker

Doug Walker of Corsicana went to be with the Lord, March 31, 2010, after a long fought battle with cancer.
He was born February 17, 1942 in Augusta, Kansas to Ernest and Inez Walker. He was a member of St. Luke United Methodist Church. He entered the U.S. Marine Corps in 1959 and served 20 honorable years. He served in the 1st Radio Battalion his entire career.
He was preceded in death by his father, Ernest N. Walker, daughter, Jackie Arnett and grandson, Robert Arnett.
He is survived by his wife Priscilla Walker of Corsicana, Mother Inez Walker of Augusta, Kansas, sons: Doug Walker, Jr., of Talent, Oregon, Jim Walker of Dallas, Mike Walker of Waxahachie; daughters: Viv Summers of Fall River, Kansas, Sally Smith and husband Mike of Fredonia, Kansas and Shawn Long of Pasadena, Texas; grandchildren - Lindsay and husband Ken McLean of El Dorado, Kansas, Erica Cass of Coffeyville, Kansas, Mark Simon of Bentonville, Arkansas, Katie Simon, Brandon Simon, Justin Roberts of Fredonia, Kansas, James Walker, Jr. of Eustace, Texas, David Walker of Wichita, Kansas and three great-grandchildren; sisters - Gwen O'Brien of Wichita, Kansas, Ernestine and her husband Art Tenbrick of Wichita, Kansas and Sheryl and husband Jim Schaffer of Mt. Home,Arkansas; msny nieces, nephews, in-laws and church family and friends.
Pallbearers are Jim Shaffer, Art Tenbrink, Kenneth McManua, Lewis Mathison, Roger Warner and Danny Townley.
Honorary pallbearers are Raymond Davidson, Don Massey, Terry Smith, Mark Simon, Brandon Simon, Justin Roberts, James Walker, Jr, and David Walker.
In lieu of flowers you may send donations to the Jackie and Robert Arnett Memorial in care of St. Luke United Methodist Church.
Viewing will be Sunday evening, April 4, 2010 from 6 pm to 8 pm.
Services will be at St. Luke United Methodist Church, Monday, April 5, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. Officiating will be Pastor Bruce Carpenter. Burial will follow at Grange Hall Cemetery at Cryer Creek.

Brian Bush
1976 - Mar 24, 2010

Brian Bush
Brian Emory Bush, 33, affectionately referred to as "Pinky" by his friends and co-workers has gone to be with our Lord on March 24, 2010. "Pinky" was bigger than life, and will be sorely missed by everyone who was lucky enough to know him.
He is survived by his wife Misti Bush, and three young children Elizabeth, Deanah, and Railey, as well as his mother Linda Bush.
He is preceded in death by his father, Charlie Bush.
Brian was born in 1976 in Douglas, GA. He moved to Corsicana Texas to assist with the opening and to eventually become the plant manager of the Texas division of the Georgia based Cargo Craft Trailer Company. Brian was a dear friend to all of those with whom he worked and played. Brian loved nature, he was an avid hunter, fisherman, golfer and outdoorsman. He was also a huge Nascar fan. But most of all he loved his family. He was a devoted father and caring husband.
Friends have established a Bush Family Memorial Fund, in lieu of flowers at the Bank of America 100N Main Corsicana, Texas 75110. The family will hold a viewing and accept visitation on Sunday, March 28th from 2-4pm at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home in Corsicana, Texas.
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana

Baldomaro Ferrer Jr.
Aug 2, 1957 - Mar 24, 2010

Baldomaro Ferrer Jr.
Baldomaro Ferrer Jr., 52 of Rice, passed away March 24, 2010 in Corsicana. He was born August 2, 1957 in Corsicana to Baldomaro Ferrer Sr. and Olivia Ferrer.
Visitation services will be 6pm Friday at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Funeral services will be 11am Saturday at Griffin-Roughton Chapel. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Gabriel Arredondo Sr., Gabriel Arredando Jr., Manuel Castillo, Frank Madreno, Raul Munoz, Brandon Ferrer. Honorary pallbearer will be Luis Enrique Ferrer.
He was a member of Iglesia Bautista Calvario since he was 8 years old. He worked for the KMart Distribution Center for 22 years then worked for Rice ISD. He was a graduated of Blooming Grove High School Class of 1977. His enjoyment was doing work at the church and reading his bible. He was a very loving son, brother, husband, father and grandfather.
He is preceded in death by mother Olivia Sendejo Ferrer.
He is survived by wife Catalina Ferrer of Rice, children Maybeth Arredondo and husband Gabriel Sr. of Corsicana, Olivia Lulu Ferrer of Rice, Luis Enrique Ferrer of Rice,father Baldomaro Ferrer Sr. of Blooming Grove, siblings Janie Cano of Harker Heights, Lucy Meneimneh of Arlington, Danny Ferrer of Rice, Delia DeLaRosa of Corsicana, Ernie Ferrer of Purdon, Amanda Ferrer DeLaCruz of San Antonio; grandchildren Gabriel Arredondo Jr., Vivian Arredondo. Numerous nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Pamela (Tramel) O'Hanlon0Ransom-Moran-O'Hanlon
July 5, 1951 - Mar 20, 2010

Pamela Tramel O'Hanlon
Pamela Tramel O'Hanlon, 58, was laid to rest yesterday next to her mother who preceded her in death by only nine months. Following her request, there was no public service.
She died Saturday, March 20th at her home in Corsicana. She was born July 4, 1951 to the late Millie Tramel and late C.N. Tramel Sr.
Perhaps because of her birthday, she had a special respect for the American flag and organized a ceremony to retire Navarro County flags that had become torn and tattered. She was passionate about educating people on the proper way to dispose of flags.
Known as a consummate storyteller, she could have people rolling in laughter. Her dry wit and wicked sense of humor brought happiness to all those who knew her.
She was a graduate of Corsicana High School and attended North Texas State University. She is survived by her daughter Erin Carlyle; her son in law Jeff Carlyle; her grandchildren Callie Carlyle and Jackson Carlyle of Houston; her sister and brother in law Linda and Mark Quick of Houston; brother Clif Tramel of Weatherford; uncle Larry Hickson of Austin; numerous cousins and family friends and her companion, Wesley Allen.
Memorials can be made to Northside Baptist Church, 2800 North Beaton Street Corsicana, TX 75110


Pamela was born on July 4, 1951 and passed away on Saturday, March 20, 2010.

Pamela was a resident of Corsicana, Texas at the time of her passing.

She was a graduate of Corsicana High School and attended North Texas State University.

She was the companion of Wesley Allen.

Following her request, there was no public service.

Memorials can be made to Northside Baptist Church, 2800 North Beaton Street Corsicana, TX 75110.


  • Submitted by Diane Richards
  • CHS graduate 1969 1st husband Kerry Neal O’Hanlon married Jan. 13, 1974 2nd husband David W. Ransom Married Oct. 2, 1976 3rd husband Gary D. Moran married Jul. 5, 1985 (took back O’Hanlon name) d/o Clifton Norman Tramel and Mildred Viola “Millie” (Hickson) Tramel
  • Oakwood Cemetery
  • CHS graduate 1969

Benny Ray Huffman
Oct 5, 1982 - Mar 21, 2010

Benny Ray Huffman, 27, of Corsicana passed away March 21, 2010. He was born October 5, 1982 in Dallas to Benny F Huffman and Donna Boofer Huffman.
Visitation will be 12-2pm Thursday March 25, 2010. Services will be 2pm Thursday March 25, 2010 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with Johnny Smith and Johnny Huffman.
He is survived by his mother Donna Huffman and husband Johnny Huffman of Waco and father Benny F. Huffman of Corsicana; step brother, Johnathan Huffman of Corsicana and a number of aunts and uncles.

Thomas Edward Borski
Mar 27, 1960 - Mar 21, 2010

Thomas Borski
Thomas Edward Borski, 49 of Corsicana, passed away March 21, 2010. He was born March 27, 1960 in Houston to Felix and Oleta Borski.
Visitation will be 6-8pm Tuesday March 23, 2010 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Services will be 11am Wednesday March 24, 2010 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel. with Monsignor Chester Borski officiating. Burial will be 3pm Wednesday March 24, 2010 at North Creek Cemetery, Centerville.
He is survived by wife Debra Borski of Corsicana, sons Adam Borski of Alvin, Steven Borski of Corsicana; mother Oleta Walker of Corsicana, father Felix Borski and wife Clarice of Columbus; brother Phillip Borski and wife Beth of Houston.

Bobbie Sue (Trull) Rohr
Aug 10, 1934 - June 3, 2010

Bobbie Sue Rohr (Trull), 75, of Port Aransas, Texas passed away Thursday, June 3rd, 2010. Born August 10th, 1934 in Navarro County, Texas.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Lonnie Thomas Trull and Linnie Agnes Crain (Bonner); her sister Annie Lee Bailey; her brothers Charles Thomas Trull and Eddie Glenn Trull; husbands William Henry Patty, Jr., Charles I Smith and Keith Ladell Rohr; and her son Robert Wayne Patty.

She is survived by brother Darrell Wade Trull and wife Joyce of Kansas City MO , sister-in-law Madalyn Carol Trull of Houston TX, her daughter Susan Vickers her husband John of Livingston TX, daughter Kathy May her husband Tracy of Rockport TX, son William H “Bill” Patty III his wife Roxanne of Baytown TX, daughter Cheryl Pierce her husband “Butch” of Baytown TX, and son James Thomas Pate his wife Marnie of Port Aransas TX. Grandchildren Carrie, Phillip, Ronnie, Wendy, Joseph, William Wayne, Eric, Melissa, Cheryl Sue, Trey, Toni Marie, Sarah, Tyler and Devin. Great grandchildren, Jacob, Michael, Amber, Kayla, Kortney, Cassandra, Desirea, Jessica, Thomas, Molly, Chloe, Thomas, Salvador, Bradley and Hailey. And numerous nieces and nephews.

Bobbie Sue was an office manager for Cravens Dargan & Co, Texas State Optical and Able 1 Answering Service all of Houston. In 1976 she left Able 1 and moved to Port Aransas where she worked for the Port Aransas School District as Cafeteria Mgr from 1979 until 1981, IGA/Family Center from 1981 to 1982, San Antonio Savings Association from 1982 until 1988, and Seagull Condominium from 1988 until 1994.

After retiring she began traveling and living the life. Her favorite destination was Laughlin Nevada…need I say more. She loved Bingo, gambling, Miller Lite, and Port Aransas but not in that particular order.

Bobbie Sue lived, and died, on her terms. Everything had a time, place, and reason. Her distinct personality shone through regardless of the situation or illness. She found she had breast cancer in June 2005, suffered a stroke in August 2005, and entered Gulf Pointe Plaza (nursing facility) June 2006.

Graduated from San Jacinto High School, Houston TX , Class of ‘52


Evelyn Joyce (Spence) Noorbakhsh
Mar 12, 1944 - June 1, 2010

Mrs. Evelyn Joyce Spence Noorbakhsh, 66, of Corsicana, passed away June 1, 2010 at Navarro Regional Hospital. She was born March 12, 1944 to Omega and Earl Newton Spence in Corpus Christi, Texas. She attended Corsicana schools and graduated from Corsicana High School in 1962.

Joyce was a member of the Salvation Army Church most of her life and volunteered years of service to the church. Although she spent her whole life helping and giving to others, Joyce was also very devoted to her family and was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Omega and Earl Spence; brother, Wayne Carl Spence; sister, Shirley Ann Hendricks; and uncles, Walter Carlon Spence and John Eugene Spence.

Joyce is survived by her beloved husband of 32 years, Ali Noorbakhsh of Corsicana; daughters, Penni Pinegar and husband Stephen of Austin, and Sara Stolle and husband Scott of Houston; grandchildren, Stephanie, Jennifer, and Johnathan Pinegar of Austin; brother, Ronnie Earl Spence of California; sister, Linda Faye Hughes of Houston; aunt, Beulah Faye Spence of Rusk, and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Visitation with the family will be from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Thursday, June 3, 2010 at Corley Funeral Home. Services will be held at 2:00 PM on Friday, June 4, 2010 at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Gary W. Johnson officiating. Burial will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Pallbearers are David Spence, Stephen Pinegar, Scott Stolle, Johnathan Pinegar, Albert Ruiz and Tony Tankink.

Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association at 4100 Alpha Rd, #100
Dallas, TX.

John Allen Vest
12 Jan 1853 - 29 Nov 1920

J. A. Vest Dead
J. A. Vest, and old resident and highly esteemed citizen, died at his home in the Brushy Prairie community, Monday at 12 o’clock and was buried in the Dresden cemetery Tuesday afternoon. Mr. Vest was about 70 years of age, and had lived such a life that his death will be greatly felt in his community. He is survived by his wife and several children.

Note: Dawson Herald, Friday, December 3, 1920
Submitted by Dana Stubbs

Card of Thanks
We desire to thank our friends and neighbors for the assistance they rendered us during the sickness and death of our beloved husband and father, A Vest. Words cannot express our gratitude to those who so kindly and affectionately ministered to us during this sad time. Dr. Dickson was so good.
The words of sympathy and love spoken to us will be treasured in our hearts always. May God bless every one of them
Mrs. J. Vest and Family


  • Dawson Herald, Friday, Dec 10, 1920
  • Submitted by Dana Stubbs



Italy, Tex., Dec. 4, 1920.
At 12 o’clock, November the 29th, there passed from the walks of this life in your county, a man whose death saddens the hearts of hundreds of people in Navarro County and removes from your midst a man respected and loved by a large circle of friends.

John Allen Vest, the subject of this sketch, was born near Hartsell, Morgan County, Alabama, June 12, 1853, and was the son of Obadiah and Matilda Vest, pioneers of north Alabama and of a family known in that portion of the state for their industry, honesty and unpeachable traits of character and where for a century or more many members of this family have lived and done their part in every requirement of good citizenship. John Allen Vest, in every way true to his honored ancestors was a man of sterling character, lived the simple and unpretentious life that endeared him to his neighbors and made friends with every one with whom he came in contact.

The writer of this memoir grew up from childhood in the neighborhood where the Vest family lived, in Alabama, my father and mother were childhood friends to deceased and a few years after my family came to Texas the Vest family came and located in a neighbor county where the life-long friendship and association of the two families continued and in his death the writer feels keenly the loss of this good man.

Mr. Vest professed and joined the Methodist church at old Forest Chapel in Morgan County, Alabama 42 years ago and lived a consecrated Christian life for almost half a century, his faith growing stronger as he grew older and when the challenge came his armor of faith strengthened by years of devotion to his Maker, was his shield against fear and like the true brave Christian that he was, he was ready to face the great leveler of mankind and with the same Christian fortitude that had characterized his life without a fear he met his God face to face and his soul went out on an angel's wings wafted to his heavenly home where he will await the coming of his loved ones and friends.

On February 16, 1872, Mr. Vest was married to Miss Mattie Bowen of Alabama, with whom he lived until his death and to this union seven children were born all of whom except one are now living in Navarro County, namely, Tom, Ed., Mrs. Dave F. Brown, Henry, Colman, Mrs. Geo. Priddy and Mrs. E. M. Trull.

Besides his children he leaves twenty-one grandchildren to mourn his death.

Mr. Vest came to Texas in 1900 and resided in and around Raleigh, where his children and wife now reside. His remains were interred in the Dresden cemetery November 30 in the presence of a very large concourse of friends and relatives.

To his aged wife and children and from a lifelong acquaintance with this good man we are prompted to contribute these lines and to them in their hour of great sorrow, we offer our profound sympathy and commend them to God who doeth all things for the best and whose wisdom we cannot question.



Esibel Elizabeth (Taylor) Priddy
Sep 29, 1856 - Jun 1, 1927

Mrs. Elizabeth Priddy

Dawson, Texas June 3, 1927 – Mrs. Elizabeth Priddy, wife of R. H. Priddy of the Spring Hill community, a pioneer resident of this section, died at the home, early Wednesday morning and the funeral was held Wednesday afternoon at the Methodist church here with interment in the Dawson cemetery.
She was born in Alabama where she married in 1874. The family moved to Texas in 1892.
Surviving are her husband, three sons and four daughters.


  • Dawson Herald, Friday, June 3, 1927
  • Submitted by Dana Stubbs

Reuben Henry Priddy
Aug 5, 1855 - Sep 16, 1931

Pioneer Resident of Spring Hill is Buried Thursday
Dawson , Sept. 18, - R. H. (Uncle Henry) Priddy, aged 76 years, died at his home in the Spring Hill community Wednesday morning after an illness of several months, and the funeral services were held Thursday morning from the Methodist church here with interment in the Dawson cemetery. He was a native of Alabama, but had resided in this section for the past 39 years. He had been a member of the Methodist church since early childhood.
Surviving are seven children, W. T. James and George Priddy, Mrs. Pearl Vest, Mrs. Bertie Wilson, Mrs. Elmer Pendergrass and Mrs. Lula Fort, all of whom live in this section with the exception of Mrs. Wilson, who resided in Fort Worth; 24 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.


Effie Lena Adams
Nov 18, 1876 - Apr 16, 1940

Mrs. Effie Lee Adams, age 63 years, died at her home near Raleigh Tuesday morning, of heart trouble. The funeral service was held at the Dawson Church of Christ at 3 o’clock Wednesday afternoon, conducted by O. S. Hellums, with burial in the Dawson Cemetery in of local undertakers Wolfe & Dobson.
Mrs. Adams was an old resident of this vicinity and had many friends who regret her passing.
She is survived by ten children.


  • Dawson Herald, Friday, April 19, 1940
  • Submitted by Dana Stubbs
  • Wife of John Thomas Adams

In Memoriam
In the midst of life we are in death. Never did this seem more true than on Tuesday, April 16, when news came that Mrs. Effie Lena Adams was dead.
Mrs. Adams had spent the biggest part of her life near Dawson and had made many friends who loved her dearly. Children and loved ones will grieve over the vacant place, and friends who are many will miss her sweet smiling face.
The funeral was conducted by Brother O. S. Hellums at the Church of Christ April 17, after which she was laid to rest in the Dawson Cemetery and her grave covered with flowers.
May the Lord bless and com fort the sorrowing ones is my prayer.
The sweetest face the children will ever see.
The kindest voice they will ever hear,
The one who cared the most for them.
Was there own mother dear.
But this noble one from them is gone,
A voice they loved is stilled –
There is a broken link in the chain of loved ones,
Which never can be filled.
– By a Friend


  • Dawson Herald, Friday, April 26, 1940
  • Submitted by Dana Stubbs

Card of Thanks
We wish to express our appreciation and thanks to our many friends and neighbors who were so good and kind to us during the illness of our dear, loving mother and grandmother, Mrs. Effie Adams.
We also want to thank the Spring Hill, Rawleigh and Brushie Ladies for the meals they served. We especially thank Dr. Worsham for all he did. We thank all for the beautiful floral offering.
May God bless each and everyone is our prayer.
Her Children and Grandchildren


  • Dawson Herald, Friday, April 26, 1940
  • Submitted by Dana Stubbs

James Junior Lester
Oct 22, 1973 - Apr 23, 2010

James Junior Lester 36,of Livingston went to be with the Lord Friday, April 23, 2010 at the Good Shepherd Hospital in Longview, TX. He was born to James Lee and Alice Conley Lester, October 22, 1973 in Mann W. Virginia. Mr. Lester worked for Gregg Industrial Insulators . He loved horses and cooking Mexican food. He was preceded in death by his sister, Cindy Lynn Lester Anderson. His survivors include his wife Tier Anne Porter Lester; daughter, Sierra Lynn Porter Lester; son, James Leland Lester; nephew, Steven Anderson; and numerous cousins, aunts and uncles. Graveside services will be held Friday, 12:30 PM, April 30, 2010 at Emmett Cemetery in Emmett, TX, with Bro. Michael Gates officiating. Visitation will be held Thursday, April 29, 2010 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM at Pace Funeral Home. To sign the online guestbook, go to

Cecil Deward Jenkins Jr.
Apr 7, 1926 - June 5, 2010

BURLESON — Cecil Deward Jenkins Jr., 84, of Burleson, a retired installer, died Saturday, June 5, 2010, in Arlington.

Funeral: 2 p.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church of Burleson. Interment: Godley Cemetery in Godley.

Visitation: 6-8 p.m. Monday at Mountain Valley Funeral Home.

Cecil was born April 7, 1926, in Burleson to Cecil Deward Sr. and Iris Derr Jenkins. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Cecil graduated from Godley High School in 1944.

He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army 25th Division 35th Infantry Regiment during World War II. He married Betty Ellington on April 26, 1953, in Frost, Texas. Cecil loved fishing, gardening, golf and traveling.

Cecil worked for Western Electric and later Lucent as an installer. He loved his family very much and enjoyed his time with them.

Survivors: wife of 57 years, Betty Jenkins of Burleson; son, Kevin Jenkins and wife, Sheila, of Aledo; daughter, Juli Gafford and husband, Dwain, of Burleson; granddaughter, Brooke White and husband, Don; great-grandson, Garrett White; grandsons, Matt Jenkins and wife, Brittany, and Josh Jenkins; sister, Anna Faye Turn and husband, A.J.; numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of family and friends.

Mountain Valley Funeral Home

Burleson, TX



Clara Lenora (Moore) Montgomery
Dec 26, 1884 - Nov 21, 1965

Montgomery Services Due On Wednesday

DAWSON, Nov 22 (Spl) - Mrs. Clara Lenora Montgomery, 80, resident of West Navarro county most of her life, died suddenly at her home here Sunday morning.
Funeral services will be held ????? 2:30 p.m. from the First Baptist church. The rites will be conducted by Rev. Dan Taylor, pastor. Burial will be in the Dresden Cemetery.
Surviving are four sons, John Montgomery, Duncanville; Herman Montgomery, Dallas; Herschel and Ellis Montgomery, both of Dawson; a daughter, Mrs. Harold Glazner, Fairfield; 12 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and a sister, Mrs. Nannie Bates, Archer City, and other relatives.
Grandsons will be pallbearers.
Eubank Funeral Home, Directs.

Corsicana Simi Weekly Light - Nov 23, 1965

Ira Audrian Stovall
May 19, 1899 - Nov 20, 1965

I. A. Stovall Dies at Kerens
KERENS, Nov 22 (Spl) - Funeral services for Ira Audrian Stovall, 66, who died at his home here Saturday were held Sunday at 3 p.m. from the First Baptist church. The rites were conducted by Rev. Don Walker, pastor. Burial was in the Kerens City cemetery.
A native of Round Prairie, Stovall was a retired Mobil oil truck driver. His first job with the then Magnolia Petroleum company was hauling kerosene from Corsicana to Kerens.
Surviving are two sons, Kenneth and Ted Stovall, mother, Mary Alice Stovall, a brother, J. N. Stovall, all of Kerens, and four grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Joe Dick Washburn, Glen Dale Owens, Johnny Scott, Robert Earley, Kenneth Lewis, August Hill, Drew McClung, Tillman Reed, Tom Layfield, and Melvin Penny.

Corsicana Simi Weekly Light - Nov 23, 1965

Eula Viola (Gipson) Merrell Whitten
d. 1965

Hold Services for Mrs. Whitten
Funeral services for Mrs. Eula Merrell Whitten, 79, of Rice who died in Naples Wednesday morning were held Thursday at 2 p.m. from the Corley Chapel.
|The rites were conducted by Rev. Randall McCollum, Rice Baptist minister. Burial was in the Rice cemetery.
Mrs. Whitten was a native of Navarro county and resided at Rice for many years.
Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Sloan Weir, Rice, and Mrs. Richard Stevens, Dallas, four sons, Roy Merrell, Naples; Aubrey, Howard, and Robert Merrell, all of California; eight grandchildren, seven great grand-children, a sister, Mrs. Ida Leaton, Marshall, and other relatives.
Pallbearers were J. G. Dyer, J. N. Wear, Alfred Shelton, G. H. Wear, J. T. Allen and M. E. Cummins.

Corsicana Simi Weekly Light - Nov 26, 1965

Sarah E. Richardson


Mrs. Sarah E. Richardson, aged 62 years, died Monday at the family home, one mile north of Richland, after an illness of three weeks, and the funeral was held Tuesday afternoon at 3 o'clock from the First Methodist church at Richland with burial in the Richland cemetery. The services were conducted by Rev. Van P.. Morrison, pastor of the church.
Surviving are her husband, R. T. Richardson, Richland; four sons, Eli, R. B. and Lee Richardson, all of Richland; and Wallace Richardson, Freer, Texas; three daughters, Mrs. S. S. Pace, Wortham; Mrs. Raymond Ives, Waco; and Mrs. J. T. Hayes, Freer, Texas; and 26 grandchildren.
The funeral was directed by the Corley Funeral Home.

Corsicana Simi Weekly Light - Dec 27, 1932

Willie Faye (Williams) Schoettner


Funeral services were held Dec. 24, in Phoenix, Ariz., for Mrs. T. C. Schoettner, age 23, who passed away there on the 22nd. She leaves behind to mourn her death, her husband of Phoenix; her mother, Mrs. D. R. Williams, Corsicana, two brothers, Hobart Williams, of Dallas; Edmond Williams of Navarro; two sisters, Mrs. C. Sheppard of Corsicana, Mrs. L. L. Burton of Richland.
Mrs. Schoettner is a former Corsicana girl having resided her all her life until two years ago. She will be remembered as Miss Willie Faye Williams.
Besides her loved ones she leaves a host of friends who shall be grieved to hear of her death.

Corsicana Simi Weekly Light - Dec 27, 1965

Thomas Thomason
Jan 6, 1841 - Dec 1932


Thomas Thomason, aged 91 years, native of England, and resident of Corsicana since 1915, died Monday afternoon at 5 o'clock at the home of Mrs. E. C. Huckabee, 616 North Thirteenth street after an illness of several months, and the funeral was held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the chapel of the Sutherland-McCammon Funeral Home with burial in Oakwood cemetery. The services were conducted by the Rev. W. R. Hall, pastor of the First Presbyterian church.
He formerly was employed by the American Well and Prospecting Company, retiring five years ago. He came to Corsicana from Houston.
Mr. Thomason was born in Lancastershire, England, Jan 6, 1841.
There are no immediate survivors.
Pallbearers were George Roper, P. A. Simpson, Hubert Redden, J. E. Rittersbacher, J. W. Glasscock and Sam Blair.

Corsicana Simi Weekly Light -Friday, December 23, 1932

William Jackson Benton
Oct 15, 1862 - Dec 18, 1932

Aged Frost Man Died Here Sunday; Burial on Tuesday

FROST, Dec 19. - (Spl) - W. J. Benton, aged 70 years, died at the Navarro Clinic in Corsicana, Sunday afternoon at 2:30 following an illness of several days. Funeral arrangements have not been completed but will probably be held Tuesday afternoon. Burial will be in the Frost Cemetery.
Surviving are his wife, seven children and three step-children.

Corsicana Simi Weekly Light -Friday, December 20, 1932

Napolean Lee Short
|Jun 9, 1877 - Dec 16, 1932

Frost Man Buried There on Satuday
FROST, Dec 19 - (Spl) - Funeral services for N. L. Short, who died at his home north of here Friday, were held Saturday with burial in the Frost Cemetery.
Surviving are his wife and several children.

Corsicana Simi Weekly Light -Friday, December 20, 1932

Badora E. (Ballard) Harlan
Nov 1, 1861 - June 1, 1932

Mrs. Badora E. Harlan, aged 70 years, native of South Carolina but resident of Navarro County since a small girl, died at Corbet Wednesday night at 7 o'clock and the funeral was held Thursday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the chapel of the Corley Funeral Home with interment in the Eureka cemetery. The services were conducted by Rev. R. A. Crosby, pastor of the Eleventh Avenue Methodist church. She was the wife of the late J. F. Harlan, who preceded her in death thirteen years ago.
Mrs. Harlan was well-known and well-liked by all who knew her. The family had resided in the Eureka, Corbet, Navarro, and Purdon communities.
Surviving are four sons, Sam Harlan, Corbet; Ollie Harlan, Navarro; William Harlan, Muskogee Okla,; and John Harland, Corsicana, three daughters, Mrs. Will Bird, Electra; Mrs. B. J. Ragsdale, Oklahoma City, Okla; and Mrs. Alford Harlan, Eureka; eighteen grandchildren and a brother, John Ballard, Angus.
Pallbearers were R. D. Grantham, Eros Fullwood, W. R. Shields, Sam Thomas, Lloyd Hamilton and Buck Montgomery.

Carrie Lee (Cauthorn) Butler
Jan 15, 1892 - Oct 11, 1975

Mrs. Butler
Services were to be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel for Mrs. Carrlie L. Butler, 83, who died Saturday at Memorial Hospital.
Rev. David Hale and Rev. Harold Lansford were to officiate with burial following in Oakwood Cemetery.
Survivors include five daughters; three sons, 23 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, a great-great grandson, and several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers are grandsons and include: Eugene Butler, Tim Butler, Sam Davidson, Mike Butler, Bruce Butler, and Ray Pittman



Mrs. Butler

Services are pending at Corley for Mrs. Carrie L. Butler, 83, who died Saturday at Memorial Hospital. She was a long-time Corsicana resident and a member of Northside Baptist church.

Surviving are five daughters, Mrs. Susie L. Benfield and Mrs. Hazel Z. Dawson, both of Corsicana; Mrs. Bessie Phillips of Waco, Mrs. Willie Lee Raley of Smithfield, Mrs. Martha L. Riddle of Santee, S.C.; three sons, Edward A. Butler of Corsicana, Thomas W. Butler and Weldon C. Butler, both of Fort Worth, 23 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson, and a number of nieces and nephews.


Della Almenia (May) Seale
Oct 24, 1888 - Oct 13, 1975

Mrs. Seale
Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel for Mrs. Della Almenia May Seale, 86, resident of Corsicana, who died Monday in Evergreen Nursing Home.
Rev. Harold Lansford will officiate and burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery.
She was a native of Kerens.
Survivors include her husband, Joe M. Seale of Corsicana; a son Subrey [Aubruey] L. Seale of Corsicana; a daughter, Mrs. C. B. Hall of Humble; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, a brother, Frank May of Waco; two sisters, Mrs. Thomas Curtis of Corsicana and Mrs. Alta Albritton of Mexia


Mary Elizabeth (Clements) Hagler
April 12, 1899 - Oct 12, 1975

Mrs. Hagler
Services were to be at 3 p.m. Monday at the Griffin Funeral Chapel for Mrs. Mary Hagler, 76, resident of Corsicana, who died in Memorial Hospital Sunday.
Rev. Mickey Loftis and Rev. Dan Layne were to officiate with burial following at Providence Cemetery.
Survivors include a son, John R. Hagler of New Caney; three grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, five sisters, Mrs. Estelle Montgomery of Eureka, Mrs. Hattie Chandler of Eureka, Mrs. Katie Denbow of Ennis, Mrs. Mildred RedFearn of Mount Pleasant, and Mrs. Billy Grammer of Dallas; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were to be S. L. Brashear, Dean Redfearn, C.A. Denbow, Lloyd Land, W.M. Montgomery, Gary Conner, Johnny Grammar, and Deanie Montgomery.


James Edd Hill
Oct 30, 1943 - June 17, 2010

James Edd Hill, 66, passed away Thursday, June 17, 2010, at Heritage Oaks West in Corsicana. He was born to Charles E. and Sadie Hill on Oct. 30, 1943.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles E. Hill and Sadie Hill, and his brother, Bill Hill, all of Blooming Grove.

Survivors include his son Monty Hill, daughter-in-law Heather Hill, and grandchildren Preston, Corbin and Sadie Hill of Corsicana, along with stepson Scott Tucker of Blooming Grove.

Edd became an active part of the Blooming Grove community after his service in the Army during Vietnam. He served on the Lions Club, belonged to the Masons, and was a member of the United Methodist Church of Blooming Grove. He was vice president of First State Bank of Blooming Grove for a number of years and also served as a member of its board of directors.

Shortly after retirement, Edd made his home in Grand Saline. There he continued to enjoy sports and would get in a round of golf when he could. His love of the outdoors was evident when he could be found checking his cows or tending his garden.

After a long-fought battle of heart disease, he is finally able to rest with his Heavenly Father. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 18, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Funeral services will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 19, at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with Gary Welch officiating. Interment will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery in Blooming Grove.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Northside Baptist Church 20/20 Building Fund, 2800 N. Beaton St., Corsicana, TX 75110.

Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.


Margaret Ellen (Coffee) Cooper
June 13, 1919 - June 21, 2010

Mrs. Margaret Ellen Cooper, age 91, passed away Monday, June 21, 2010 at Heritage Oaks Retirement Village in Corsicana. She was born June 13, 1919 to George Clinton “Clint”and Ella Mae Coffey in Jester, Texas.

Mrs. Cooper was a lifelong member of North Beaton Church of Christ. As a young mother she was active in PTA. Her hobbies were collecting antiques, sewing and gardening. She was a member of the Heritage Oaks Bell Choir and was a volunteer mail distributor for Heritage Oaks.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Willie Charles Cooper in 2002.

Mrs. Cooper is survived by a son, Gary Charles Cooper of Belen, N.M.; a daughter, Mariella Cooper Wallace of Belen, N.M.; a sister, Grace Woodward of Ft. Worth, Tx.; and a granddaughter, Laura Read of Austin, Tx.

Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 PM Thursday at Corley Funeral Home. Services will be 11:00 A.M. Friday at North Beaton Church of Christ with Russell Bankes officiating. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park.

Sidney Harold Miller
Jun 8, 1916 - Jun 21, 2010

Mr. Sidney Miller, 94, of Corsicana passed away on Monday, June 21, 2010 in Corsicana. He was born on June 8, 1916 in Corsicana to M. M. & Ray Daniels Miller.

Sidney owned the Starlight Theater, Ideal Theater, and Hillside Drive-In. In later years he and his wife, Jane, built and owned The Lamplighter Apartments.

In 2005 Sidney was inducted into The Navarro County Historical Society and Pioneer Village Hall of Fame.

Sidney is survived by his wife; Jane Pearson Miller, daughter; Melissa Miller Krause and husband Monte, grandson; Miller Krause, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 22, 2010 at Corley Funeral Home. Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 23, 2010 at Prairie Point Cemetery with friends of the family officiating.

Sidney's family would like to thank all his caretakers, with special thanks to Raul and Monica Jimenez.


Lillie Faye (Bryant) Williams
July 31, 1918 - June 21, 2010

Mrs. Lillie Faye Bryant Williams, 91, of Corsicana passed away on Monday, June 21, 2010 in Corsicana. She was born on July 31, 1918 in Corsicana to James & Ruby Bryant.

She was a very loving and fantastic mother to her ten children, and lived for her family. She was a cook at the Scotch Burger where she was well known for her hamburgers, frito pies, and especially her onion rings. She was a very devoted Christian lady, and was a member of the Baptist church.

Mrs. Williams was preceded in death by her parents; James & Ruby Bryant, husband; Joe Henry Williams, son; Robert Jack Williams, and a daughter; Alice E. Ivy.

She is survived by her Sons; Henry Edward Williams and wife Alice of Garrett, TX., Oscar Dwain Williams and wife Vickie of Teague, TX., Benny Lynn Williams of Pompano, FL., Arthur Lee Williams and wife Brenda of Whitney, TX., Donald Ray Williams and wife Susan of Corsicana, TX., and Gary Don Williams and wife Debbie of Corsicana, TX., Daughters; Doris Faye Kennemore and husband David of Corsicana, TX., and Billie Dean Harrison and husband Ernest of Quitman, TX., Step-son; Thomas Jake Williams and wife Maxine of New Mexico, 34 Grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Graveside services will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Tuesday, June 22, 2010 at Oakwood Cemetery with the Rev. James Williams officiating.

Mary Catherine (Harvey) Dosser
Aug 25, 1909 - June 18, 2010

Mrs. Catherine Harvey Dosser, 100, of Corsicana passed away on Friday, June 18, 2010 in Corsicana. She was born on August 25, 1909 in Dallas, Texas to John Dudley & Annie Elder Harvey.

She was a member of First Baptist Church. She lived in Corsicana since the death of her husband in 1996.

Mrs. Dosser was preceded in death by her Husband; Thomas Miller Dosser, Parents; John Dudley & Annie Elder Harvey, Brothers; John D. Harvey, Jr. and Buell L. Harvey.

She is survived by her Nieces; Annabel Baird of Dallas and Ro Dosser Ross and husband Stan of Corsicana, and a number of other nieces & nephews. Brother-in-Law; Woodrow W. Dosser of Corsicana and a Sister-in-Law; Euda D. Dosser of Corsicana.

Graveside services will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Tuesday, June 22, 2010 at Resthaven Memorial Park with the Rev. B.F. Risinger, Jr. officiating.

Roy Wayne Dunn
May 9, 1930 - June 10, 2010

Mr. Roy Wayne Dunn, age 80, passed away Thursday June 10, 2010 at his residence in Diboll, Texas. He was born May 9, 1930 in Corsicana, Tx. to Charlie and Evelyn Dunn.

Roy is survived by his wife, Wanda Dunn; 3 sons, David Dunn, James Dunn and Donald Dunn; a daughter, Karen Lindsey and husband Randall; 3 sisters, Barbara Bruce, Saundra Bass and Patricia Stratton; 4 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

Graveside services will be 1:00 PM Saturday at Oakwood Cemetery with Rev. Bill Honea officiating.

Winifred “Bennie” (Rice) Hamilton
Nov 20, 1924 - June 9, 2010

Mrs. Winifred “Bennie” Hamilton, 85, of Corsicana, passed away Wednesday, June 9, 2010 at her residence. She was born November 20, 1924 to Grover and Anna Rice in Ft. Worth, Texas. She was a member of Mildred Baptist Church and a resident of the community for 10 years, moving here from Euless, Texas.

She is survived by her daughter, Susan Young and husband Les, grandson, Tanner Young and wife Daisie, and grandson, Ty Young.

Visitation with the family will be 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Thursday, June 10, 2010 at Corley Funeral Home. Graveside services will be held on Friday, June 11, 2010 at 2:00 PM at Eureka Cemetery with Chaplain Kirk Curry officiating.

Mozelle (Mahoney) Montgomery
Mar 8, 1924 - June 9, 2010

Mozelle Montgomery, 86, of Corsicana, passed away Wednesday, June 9, 2010 at Navarro Regional Hospital. She was born March 8, 1924 to Macon and Rosco Mahoney in Purdon. She was a member of Unity Baptist Church in Corsicana.

Mozelle is survived by her sons, Orval Montgomery and wife Rhonda and Donald Montgomery and wife Diane; daughters, Willie Kuykendall and husband Jack and Sammie Dabney and husband Rickey; brother, Rev. Wayne Mahoney; sisters, Dean Whitlock, Marie Price and Mary Nutt; 15 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren; and 4 great-great-grandchildren.

Visitation with the family will be from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Thursday, June 10, 2010 at Corley Funeral Home. Services will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, June 11, 2010 at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Wayne Mahoney and Pastor Chad Owens officiating. Burial will follow at Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery. Pallbearers will be grandsons.

Robert Monroe Fulton
May 8, 1915 - June 23, 2010

Mr. Robert Fulton, age 95, passed away Wednesday, June 23, 2010 at Navarro Regional Hospital. He was born May 8, 1915 in Corsicana, Texas to A.A. and Lily Dora Fulton.

Mr. Fulton was a member of Westside Baptist Church where he served as a Sunday school teacher.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Winnie Fulton.

Mr. Fulton is survived by a daughter, Deanna Skinner; two granddaughters, Janet Richardson and her husband Jimmy, and Sarah McGrath; and a great grandson Jordan Richardson.

Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 PM Friday at Corley Funeral Home. Services will be 10:00 AM Saturday at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Larry Talbert officiating. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park.

Roy Lee Scoggins
Aug 20, 1942 - June 24, 2010

Roy Lee Scoggins

By Janet Jacobs Corsicana Daily Sun

Corsicana — Roy Lee Scoggins

Roy Lee Scoggins, 67, born August 20, 1942 went to be with his Lord and Savior Thursday June 24.

Visitation will be Monday 6 to 8 p.m. and funeral services will be held Tuesday, 4:30 p.m. at Griffin-Roughton funeral home in Corsicana with Brother Lain Teel officiating.

Interment will be held at Rose Hill Cemetery in Blooming Grove.

He was born in EI Paso to Ira Russell and Vera Mae Scoggins and resided in Corsicana. Joined the military in 1961 as a aircraft mechanic, serving most of his military career in Germany. Married his wife, Laverne Hester Scoggins, October 29, 1966, his love, friend, and companion, whom he shared his everying with for almost 44 years. In 1971 he totally gave his life to the Lord and the Lords business.

He took God seriously and made it a point to spread the love that he had received. never to judge or criticize, but always to love and accept anyone he met. He served as a deacon In various churches where he was currently serving as chair member of deacons at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Corsicana, as well as led singing, Sunday school teacher, along with various other leadership positions throughout his Christian life. God's business was his heart and was a priority in his life. He was a machinist at various companies for the past 41 years.

His latest employer was Congress Drives in Ennis where he shared so many stories of the wonderful people that he worked with. As many will say he was a great man, mentor, husband, father, relative, and friend who will be greatly missed. He made is mark on many people's life and would love for everyone to celebrate with him as he now walks the streets of gold singing and praising and worshiping his heavenly father.

Survivors include: his wife, Laverne Hester Scoggins, of Corsicana, Sons, Roy Glen and wife, Michelle Scoggins of Corsicana, James T. Scoggins of While Hall, Ar., Roger Dale and wife, Cynthia Scoggins of Corsicana, Grandchildren include: Jeffrey K. Scoggins, Cody Scoggins, Wesley Scoggins, Courtney Scoggins, Ashton Scoggins, Candace Scoggins, Jessica Scoggins.; Mother Vera Mae Dixon; Brother Jessie Glen Scoggins both of Corsicana: Sisters Billie and husband James Grounds of Bellville, Betty and her husband Gerald Morton of Dresdon, Connie and her husband Percy Morton of Dresdon, and many special nieces, nephews, and cousins whom he loved.

Preceded In death by his father Ira Russell Scoggins, sisters Ora Lee Boen and Shirley Ann Scoggins, brothers James Russell Scoggins and Troy Wayne Scoggins.

Pallbearers are Roy Glen Scoggins, James T. Scoggins, Roger D. Scoggins, Thomas Hester, Bobby Raxter, Wesley Scoggins, Cody Scoggins.

Honorary Pallbearer PVT Jeffery K. Scoggins will not be present due to military service.

Flowers can be sent to Griffin-Roughton funeral home, 1530 North 45th Street Corsicana 75110. Memorials may be made to Emmanuel Baptist Church 2217 West 7th Ave. Corsicana, 75110.

Cathy Diann (Toms) Bickle
May 2, 1952 - June 19, 2010

Cathy Diann Toms Bickle

Corsicana - She was born May 2, 1952, to Catherine Toms and Lee Toms Jr.

She went to be with the Lord on June 19, 2010, after a long stay in Tyler's East Texas Medical Center.

Cathy loved people and her family. She was especially close to her mother Catherine Hightower. She graduated from Corsicana High School in 1971. She was a cheerleader and football sweetheart. She attended Navarro College. She was a Senorita. She moved to Dallas in 1973 and met her husband in barber college. They were married for 35 years.

She will be missed dearly by her family and friends. Survivors are mother Catherine Hightower, husband Jim Bickle of Athens, Chester Williams and wife Georgane and family of Angleton, Daniel Toms of Corsicana, father Lee Toms Jr. and wife Peggy of Corsicana, and aunts, uncles, nephews and nieces.

Corsicana Daily Sun June 26, 2010


Cathy Diann Toms Bickle

— A memorial service for Cathy Diann Bickle, 58, of Athens is scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday, June 24, at First Presbyterian Church in Athens with Dr. Joe Warren officiating.

Mrs. Bickle died Saturday, June 19, 2010, in Tyler.

She was born May 2, 1952, in Corsicana. Cathy moved to Athens from Dallas in 1993 with Jim, her husband of 35 years. In 1977 with her husband she formed a business that specialized in computer hardware sales and leasing. In 1995 she helped develop and manage a successful restaurant business in Athens which sold in 2001. Cathy received her Texas Real Estate license in 2003 and was an active agent in Athens, Tyler and Fredericksburg. An invaluable Athenian, Cathy served as president of the Athens Central Business Association, was a member of 1996 Athens Leadership Institute and chaired the Uncle Fletch hamburger cook-off fund-raiser in 1997 and 1998. She served the following boards: American Cancer Society, Keep Athens Beautiful and The Rainbow Room. She was a member of Texas Association of Realtors and First Presbyterian Church. Cathy was a devoted wife and enjoyed baking, traveling, exercising and volunteering to help others in her community.

Survivors include husband, Jim Bickle Sr. of Athens; stepson, Jim Bickle Jr. of Sunnyvale; stepdaughter, Sharon K. Locke of Athens; grandson, Bryan Bickle; great-grandsons, Chase Bickle and Patrick Bickle; father, Lee Toms Jr. of Corsicana; mother, Catherine Hightower of Corsicana; and brothers, Donnie Toms of Corsicana and Chester Williams of Angleton.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be sent to First Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 927, Athens, TX 75751. Memorials will be designated for Presbyterian Children's Home in Waxahachie.

Arrangements are with Carroll-Lehr Funeral Home, Athens.

Corsicana Daily Sun - June 21, 2010

Claudine (Auerbach) Orchard
Dec 14, 1918 - June 20, 2010

Claudine Auerbach Orchard

Claudine Auerbach Orchard passed from this life Sunday, June 20, 2010, in a Longview hospital. The funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 26, at Paschal Funeral Home Chapel in Kerens. Interment will follow at the Oak Grove Cemetery in Kerens.

She was born on Dec. 14, 1918, in Richland to Charles and Effie Belle (Lewis) Auerbach. Claudine married Jim Orchard on Nov. 10, 1938, in Houston. During their 71 years of marriage, the couple lived in Alamo, Texas; Wasco, Calif.; and Longview, Texas. Most of their retirement was spent in Corsicana were she was member of Emmanuel Baptist Church and worked as a librarian. They recently returned to Longview. Claudine was a loving and devoted wife and mother and worked tirelessly for her parents and other family members when they needed help and care.

Claudine was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Charlene Massey; three brothers, Larry, Don, and Buster Auerbach; and grandson, Adam Orchard.

She is survived by her husband, Jim Orchard; sister, Juanita Nowlin of Palestine; two sons and daughters-in law, Jim and Eunice Orchard of Houston and Don and Annette Orchard of Longview; seven grandchildren, Alison Orchard, Amy Corron, Charles Orchard, Deanna Simmons, Mike Orchard, Cynthia Orchard and David Orchard; and four great-grandchildren, Camryn Corron, Rachael Simmons, Kristen Orchard and Kyle Orchard.

Arrangements by Rader Funeral Home, Longview.

Corsicana Daily Sun - June 23, 2010

Byron Dale Leonard
Dec 17, 1962 - June 20, 2010

Byron Dale Leonard

Byron Dale Leonard, 47, passed away in his sleep Sunday, June 20, 2010 in Blooming Grove. He was born December 17, 1962 in Killeen to the parents of Maxie C. and JoAnn Leonard.

Carpenter by trade, Byron loved working with wood and leather, creating and designing many works of art. Outdoorsman best describes Byron with his love for hunting, fishing and nature. He recently found peace in his life, through Christ. He enjoyed his new found fellowship with the believers of First Baptist Church in Blooming Grove.

He is survived by mother JoAnn Leonard of Fort Worth; sister Donna Timmons and husband Dennis; brother Larry Leonard and wife Carol Leonard; sister Lisa Hoover and husband Ronnie Hoover; brother Billy Leonard and wife Lee Ann Leonard; sister Angela Miller and husband Mike Miller, along with many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Services will be held 2pm Thursday June 24, 2010 at Normandale Baptist Church in Fort Worth.

Mary Jo (Harris) Gullatt
March 6, 1934 - June 18, 2010

Mary Jo Gullatt

Mary Jo Gullatt, 76, died Friday, June 18, 2010 at Baylor Hospital in Dallas, Texas. She was born March 6, 1934 in Corsicana to Walton and Beulah Harris. She was in the banking business, from which she retired in 1997, as an examiner with Federal Reserve Bank. She was a member of the Berean Baptist Church in Mesquite. She was preceded in death by her parents, Walton Eugene Harris, Sr., and Beulah Riley Harris and two sisters, Ruby Oakley and Mildred Burke.

She is survived by her daughter Diane Williskraft and Ken of Dallas; grandsons: Jeff Williskraft of Dallas and Corey Williskraft and Diana of New York; 1 great grandson Triston; 1 sister,

Fama Burleson and Bonham of Longview, Texas and 1 brother, Walton Eugene Harris, Jr., and Jeanette of Covington, Georgia.

Visitation will be Tuesday, June 22nd from 12:30-2:00 p.m., at the Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Funeral service will follow after the visitation at 2:00 p.m., in the chapel. Burial follow follow in the Oakwood Cemetery.


  • w/o Tommy Carl Gullatt married May 2, 1952 (divorced) buried in Resthaven Memorial Park, Corsicana, Tx; d/o Walton Eugene Harris, Sr. and Beula Melissa (Riley) Harris
  • Griffin Roughton Funeral Home
  • Submitted by Diane Richards

David Lee Garner
July 24, 1957 - June 18, 2010

David Lee Garner, 52 died Friday, June 18, 2010 in Tyler, Texas. He was born July 24, 1957 in Dallas, Texas to James and Frances Garner. He loved drag racing, and spending time with kids and grandkids. He was a member of the House Where Jesus Shines in Waco, Texas.

He is survived by his Mother, Frances Garner of Tyler; 3 children: Justin Michael Lubbe of Oklahoma, Stephanie Lee Garner and Christine Garner both of Tyler, Texas; 3 brothers: Gary Garner of Hillsboro, Jimmy Garner of Midlothian and Doug Garner of Tyler, Texas; 2 grandchildren: Garrett and Cayden.

Visitation and Service times are pending. Burial will be in the Dresden Cemetery.

Randy Layton DeMoss
June 25, 1957 - June 17, 2010

Randy Layton DeMoss, 52, of Euless passed away June 17, 2010 at his residence. He was born June 25, 1957 in Corsicana to Damon and Geneva DeMoss.

He is preceded in death by his father, Damon DeMoss.

He is survived by his mother, Ann DeMoss of Corsicana; sons, Kevin DeMoss of Kerens, Justin DeMoss of San Deigo and Tyler DeMoss of West Virginia; sisters, Debra Shofner and husband Mackey of Corsicana, Donna Lee and husband Jerry of Elkhart; three grandchildren; special friend Susan and a number of uncles, aunts and many other family members.

Visitation will be Sunday from 6-8pm at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Graveside services will be 9:00am Monday, June 21st at Hopewell Cemetery with Gary Welch officiating.

Kenneth Wayne Crocker
Aug 22, 1956 - June 11, 2010

Kenneth Wayne Crocker, 53 of Navarro, passed away June 11, 2010 at his residence. He was born August 22, 1956 in Corsicana to Bill and Bettie Crocker.

He is survived by parents Bill and Bettie Crocker; daughters Jennifer Hanna and husband Joey, Stephanie Crocker; sister Kathy Herrera and husband Larry; grandchildren Rusty, Lilly and Josie Hanna; nephew Kevin Horn and wife Michele their children Abigail, Shawn and Chase.

Otis Fisher
Feb 25, 1923 - June 6, 2010

Otis Fisher

Otis Fisher was a soldier.

He was born near Norman, Oklahoma on February, 25, 1923. In 1927, he and his older brother and two sisters were placed in an orphanage. He spent a short time there and was adopted by A.W. and Louise Fisher of Ames, Oklahoma in 1928. He lost track of his brother and sisters for many years.

Otis was born again and joined Ames Baptist Church at a young age, and began to develop the skills early in life which would later make him such a fierce warrior. He finished high school with a grant for college, and in 1941 he entered John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Arkansas.

While there, he developed osteomylitis in his left ankle which would be a defining moment in his life.

He was in the hospital in Enid Oklahoma for seven months, with many surgeries, intense pain, and a continual pack on his foot. This required intensive care, and the most outstanding of all the nurses was sent to his aid. Otis, being a fighting man, had a stern countenance, and some thought he was trouble, so they sent the one nurse they thought could handle him, Bernice Bull. She cared for him every day, and he slowly made a recovery, though he had a distinct gait the rest of his life. By the way, she married the soldier a few years later, in 1945, and they have been together 65 years. They had a baby girl in 1947, Beverly (Fisher West).

Otis and Bernice raised Beverly in church, and she played piano during the services at Pecan Heights Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas, where Otis was a young deacon. Much of Otis training for battle came under the tutelage of a master warrior, Bro. Barney Thames. After Beverly was grown and married, it was discovered she had an abnormality of the arteries in the brain, and she passed away after many years of struggle, at the age of 59.

Otis and Bea had no grandchildren. However, God brought one to them about eleven years ago, when a little girl was born with seven problems that had to be cured with surgeries. Ms. Bea was chosen to watch over the little girl during the days of her recovery. Her name is Kenner Karpiak, and she had a special place in her heart for ?Uncle? Otis and Ms. Bea. Otis cherished every moment with her through the years as she grew up. Some did not realize it, but Otis began to secretly train this little girl to be a warrior, from a young age, and at the age of eleven, she is already a formidable fighter. He once asked her a difficult question during training, which she answered correctly. He asked, ?How did you know the answer?? She said, ?I just came with it.? This became one of Otis? favorite expressions. He attempted to find out what all his fighters ?came with.?

Otis, being a warrior, faced many battles with dire circumstances, and cold, dark, and lonely days and nights. He faced an enemy that few people can face and survive?Otis was made stronger by each battle. He experienced many victories during his career, which few people knew of because they happened in secret places and were never made public.

Due to his abilities, his Commander placed him as Captain over an elite group of soldiers, and he trained them daily for battle. He had a unique form of teaching, somewhat like Socrates. He would ask his disciples difficult, deep questions, requiring sometimes weeks to answer. Sometimes there were no answers, but in seeking the answer his disciples grew stronger, and more capable of understanding both their Commander, and their enemy.

His younger soldiers would have followed him into any battle, no matter how difficult, and how often they were required to do so.

Perhaps the most difficult battle for those of us who learned at his feet and fought with him, was the last one, on Sunday morning, June 6, 2010, for in this battle we lost our beloved leader.

Otis was a soldier of the cross, an amazing teacher of the principles of the Word of God, and a leader of men who will leave behind a legacy of younger men and women, boys and girls, who have been equipped to engage in the supreme battle of spiritual warfare.

Our beloved Otis, embrace our Commander Jesus, until we can arrive at the shores of our true home country, to be with you again.

Otis had little known family of his own, but he had a large church family at Park Meadows Church in Corsicana, Texas, and family on his wife?s side, whom he loved, including Ed and Ina Adler of Caldwell, Idaho (Bea?s sister), Jesse Bull of Dallas (Bea?s brother), Wayne and Nita Curtis (Bea?s Nephew), and their sons Scott and Brad, all of the Dallas area, and Don and Fran Smith of Tahlequah, Oklahoma (Nephew). We all send our prayers to Otis? wife, best friend, and fellow warrior of 65 years, Bernice Fisher.

A memorial service will be held for Otis Fisher at Park Meadows Church, 3401 Country Club Road, Corsicana, Texas, at 11:00 a.m. Sunday, June 27.

Robert Wayne Hoyt
Feb 19, 1938 - June 5, 2010

Robert Wayne Hoyt, 72 of Corsicana, passed away June 5, 2010 in Corsicana. He was born February 19, 1938 in Rockwall to J.B. and Annie Mae Hoyt.

He enjoyed selling yard furniture, swings and picnic tables.

He is survived by wife Ora Hoyt of Roane; children Michael Wayne Hoyt of Grandberry, Randy Lane Hoyt of Arlington, Tim S. Hoyt of Roane, step daughter Kathy Johnson of Amarillo; grandchildren Nick Hoyt, Ben Hoyt, Chris Hoyt, Peyton Hoyt, Lillie Hoyt; great grandchild Wesley Hoyt.

He is preceded in death by parents J.B. and Annie Hoyt; son Kelly Hoyt in 2003.

Visitation will be 6-8pm Monday June 7, 2010 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Graveside services will be 6pm Tuesday at New Chatfield Cemetery with Floyd Petersen officating

Tommy Christian
June 5, 1942 - June 5, 2010

Tommy Christian

Tommy Christian, 68 of Chatfield, passed away June 5, 2010 in Chatfield. He was born June 5, 1942 in Dilley to R. T. and Irma Lee Christian.

He retired from TxDot after 30 years of service. He enjoyed reading western books, fishing and playing softball. He moved to Chatfield area in 1991.

He is preceded in death by parents R. T and Irma Lee Christian; grandson Trace Christian.

He is survived by daughter Lisa Thedford and husband Kevin of Chatfield; son Tim Christian and wife Mary of Blooming Grove; grandchildren Heather Thedford, Hillary Thedford, Haley Thedford, Hunter Thedford; sister Wanda Elaine Montgomery of Broken Arrow Oklahoma; numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Visitation will be 6-8pm Monday June 7, 2010 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Services will be 10 am Tuesday June 8, 2010 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at New Chatfield Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Kevin Thedford, Tim Christian, Steve Haynie, Roland Christian, Rickey Sliger, Derwood Penney. Honorary pallbearers will be Hunter Thedford, Austin Anderson, Matthew Flores, Alex Cadillo, Brian Cress, Darrell Raines.

Annie Opal (Cook) McPhaill
June 5, 1916 - June 3, 2010

Annie McPhaill

Annie Opal McPhaill passed away Thursday June 3rd in Corsicana. She was born June 5, 1916 in Corsicana to Jesse and Norma Cook. She and her husband Bill, were faithful longtime members of The Church of Christ at North Beaton. They enjoyed and loved doing God's work whatever they could.

Annie was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She will be missed by all who knew her and loved her.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 73 years, Bill McPhaill, parents Jesse and Norma Cook, brother Talmadge Cook and loving aunt Carrie Larrison.

She is survived by daughter Norma Smith and husband Lee, grandchildren Ken Hern and Kelly Chennault and great grandchildren Michelle Chennault and Cash Harrison Hern all of Corsicana. Brother John Cook and wife Peggy of Temple, sister in law Allene Hardt and husband Thelbert of Temple. Numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be 7:00 - 8:30 Friday June 4, 2010 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Services will be 11:00 am Saturday June 5, 2010 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home Chapel with Steve Orbison officiating. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

Lori Ann Ennis
Sep 6, 1961 - May 29, 2010

Lori Ennis

Lori Ann Ennis, 48 of Blooming Grove passed away May 29, 2010. She was born September 6, 1961 in York, Pennsylvania to William and Audrey Fullerton Spangler.

She is survived by husband, Bobby Ennis of Blooming Grove; son, Cody Ennis of Blooming Grove; mother, Audrey Spangler of Wisconsin and brothers, Jeremy Sprangler of Wisconsin and Scott Sprangler of Houston.

Virgie Mae (Edwards) Hatfield
APr 26, 1934 - May 25, 2010

Virgie Mae Hatfield
Virgie Mae Hatfield, 76, of Kerens passed away May 25, 2010 in Corsicana. She was born April 26, 1934 in Hope Arkansas to Claude Edwards and Lillian Neal Edwards.

Margaret Longorio
Dec 10, 1944 - May 5, 2010

Margaret Elizabeth Longorio, 65 of Corsicana passed away May 5, 2010. She was born December 10, 1944 in Corsicana to Mr and Mrs Travis Beldon.
No services are planned.

Francis "Fannie" (Jones) Halbert
Apr 17, 1839 - January 19, 1920

Corsicana Semi-Weekly

Much Beloved in Corsicana

Mrs. F.J. Halbert Has Been Called to Her Reward [April 17, 1839 -  From Tuesday's Daily

Another of the pioneers has gone!

Another one of those who came to Corsicana in the days of long ago, and who has dwelt here through times of war and of peace, through the lean years and the years of plenty, has gone to the far country, and has left us an abiding legacy of love and affection to keep her memory bright.

Last night at eleven the gentle soul of Mrs. Fannie Jones Halbert slipped away  and crossed over the great divide to rest forever on the other side.

There are few remaining of those who knew this city and the county through so long a time, and through so eventful a period as she.

Mrs. Halbert was the daughter of Col Henry Jones, who came to Texas in the days of the Republic, and who was long a famous character in our history.

She was born at Austin, on April 17, 1839 in  a fort or stockade used by the settlers for protection from the Indians that were then so common on our frontiers. Col Jones fought the Indians then and forty years later his son, and Mrs. Halbert's brother, Major John B. Jones with the Texas Rangers, whom he commanded, drove the last hostile Red man from this State forever.

Mrs. Halbert's life covered a wonderful period in the history of this state. In her childhood the home was at Matagorda, and a few years later Col Jones brought his family to this county, which has since been their home.

Mrs. Halbert was educated at Nashville, Tennessee and at the Wesleyan Female Academy at Macon, GA, the first chartered female college in the United States.

On Feb 29, 1860, the then Miss Fannie Jones was married to J.L. Halbert in this city. Captain Halbert, as his title would indicate, was an officer in the Confederate army, and he was later a most successful lawyer in this city. He died in 1874, while yet a young man, and his untimely death brought great sorrow to this community where everybody loved him.

There are four children surviving Mrs. Halbert: Mrs. G.C. Groce of Waxahachie; Mrs. J.F. Rosborough of Marshall: Mrs. J.K. Parr of Hillsboro; and Hon J.L. Halbert, Mayor of Corsicana.

Mrs. Halbert's was a life of usefullness,  and her horizon was neither narrow nor circumscribed.  Her interest was as wide as the nation, and her activities in all things, especially pertaining to the state and locality, were continuous and beneficial.

She was one of the organizers of the Navarro Chapter Daughters of the Confederacy, and was its first president, serving continuously in that capacity for many years, and until the Confederate monument was erected on the court house square.  She then retired and was made President Emeritus, which relation continued until the day of her death.

She was one of the organizers of the Cemetery Association and served for some years as its president. It is a matter of common knowledge that this association has done much in keeping beautiful and attractive our local cemetery.

Many years ago Mrs. Halbert joined the Methodist church and during her long life, she was active in its service.

Hers was a happy and beautiful nature. She loved the sunshine, and flowers and children. She was devoted to her city, her state, and her country. She was universally respected, and greatly beloved wherever she was known.

She has left us to join those how await her coming on the other side. And we who remain--we have not lost her.  In precept and example she yet abides. She has simply gone to "Join the Choir invisible of those immortal dead who lie again In minds made better by their presence."

Our deepest sympathies go out to those -- her children-- whom she has left behind. Their hearts may be troubled but they will be consoled for they, too, "her children arise up and call her blessed."

The funeral will take place tomorrow afternoon at 3 o'clock from the home of her son.  Rev. Horace Bishop and Rev. C.H. Booth of Corsicana will officiate. The pall bearers will be: Honorary, G.T. Jester, J.M. Gordon, J.M. Blanding, Chas H. Mills, H.A. Halbert, Dr. H.B. Jester, W.J. McKie, W.J. Gordon, Geo. E. Jester, W.M. Peck C.L. Jester, J. B. Stiteler and W. M. Tatum; Active, Charles G. Jester, Lucien Halbert, Allyn Gordan, Henry Robbins, Francis McKie and Halkert Halbert.



Despite Inclement Weather Funeral Was Largely Attended

The remains of the late Mrs. Fannie Jones Halbert were interred in Oakwood this afternoon, after impressive services at the home conducted by Rev. Horace Bishop and Rev. C. H. Booth. Despite the inclement weather the last sad rites were attended by and immense concourse and there was an immense display of beautiful floral offerings, many coming from a distance.

The city's public offices, tax collector, city secretary, the fire department were all closed as a mark of respect to the deceased and the First State Bank and the place of business of the Central Texas Grocery Co., were also closed.



In Memory of Mrs. Halbert, First President, U. D. C.

The following was read Sunday morning at the First Methodist church by Mrs. Hal M. Peck preceding Rev. Dr. Horace Bishop's sermon in which he reviewed early days in Corsicana and paid tribute also to Mrs. Fannie Halbert:

A resolution of love and respect from the Daughters of the Confederacy, for their first President, Mrs. Fannie J. Halbert:

Whereas, that great, mysterious power, Death, has claimed our friend and first President, Mrs. Fannie J. Halbert, whose beautiful life, exemplary in every phase, and charming personality have for so many years been an inspiration and example, for all who were blessed in knowing her, and

Whereas, we realize her removal from her happy, earthly home and wide sphere of usefulness, is our sorrowful loss, but for glorious, eternal gain, since her pure life, charitable spirit, exquisite refinement, faithful love for family and friends, have won for her perfect love and immortal life in those “mansions not made by hands” where joy endureth, not for a day, but forever, and where clothed in garments of shining light, crowned with jewels of fadeless lustre, she still keeps her faithful watch over those dear to her on earth. Be it

Resolved, That we, the Daughters of the Confederacy, tender and deep-felt sympathy to her family for their temporary loss, but rejoice with them in that her days of patient pain are forever ended, and in that great eternity she lives and awaits joyously their coming. Be it further

Resolved, that a copy of these resolutions be read at memorial services for our beloved President Emeritus, one be sent her family and one furnished our Daily paper for publication, for as

The sunset's shadows purpled into night and life was done,
Her soul in flight, donned robes of youth eternal,
And radiant entered through those gleaming gates of pearl,
To bask in glorious rose of day supernal.
So, like the golden day, its rich full hours well spent
Its garnered sheaves, deeds, filled with good and cheer,
Her life sank into rest beyond the glowing west
Its promises fulfilled, her memory loved and dear.

Chairman Resolution, Committee



A Beautiful Tribute.

The following letter was sent with a floral offering from the X1X Century Club, and its sentiment so beautifully expressed by one very near to the Halbert family, will be ever cherished by them, for the tribute of love it pays to their “Little Mother:”

To Our Beloved Friends, the Halberts

As we look back through the vista of years for many of us the morning of January 20th, 1920, will stand out as an epoch, a milestone in life's history of many in Corsicana. For this date marks the passing of our beloved friend, Mrs. Fannie Jones Halbert, and the hearts of our little city are veiled in grief and loving sympathy. Of the many friends who draw near this beloved family today, none grieve more deeply than your life-long friends of the X1X Century Club. For as we pause and pick from life's mystic woof the entwined threads of joy and sorrow, the name Halbert is found woven close in our hearts and homes. As a belle of the old regime of her beloved Southland, as friend of our fathers and mothers, as stately matron and friend of their sons and daughters, it is pleasing to remember Mrs. Halbert's broad and gracious hospitality, as well as her generous, helpful sympathy in graver and more vital events of life. And while friends recall the dear mother's personal charm that went with her bright, eager mind, and warm handclasp, we do not forget it was on her beloved children her great love rested like an endless benediction. But this great love of Motherhood only enriched the spirit of our friend, Mrs. Halbert, whose loving sympathy ever was catholic and magnificent, and while church, home and country are richer because of her life it is also true not the least of Mrs. Halbert's legacy to the world is embraced in the lives of her devoted children. May this little wayside tribute of love from your old Club friends join in the universal song of appreciation of the long and beautiful life of the beloved mother who has joined with her children in the intellectual and spiritual evolution of our city and country.


Otis Franklin Spurlock
July 6, 1902 - Apr 1, 1977

Services will be at 3 p. m. Sunday at the Kerens Methodist Church for Ottis F. Spurlock, 74, resident of Kerens, who died Friday morning at Memorial Hospital.

He was a member of Kerens, who died Friday morning at Memorial Hospital.

He was a member of the Kerens Methodist Church and a retired Kerens grocery merchant.

The Rev. Glenn Jones and the Rev. J. O. Lawler will officiate, with burial following at Kerens City Cemetery. Arrangements are with Paschal Funeral Home.

Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Faye Spurlock; a son, Ottis Ray Spurlock of Kerens; three daughters, Mrs. Dixie Lee Hill of Mount Pleasant, Mrs. Mary Frances Earl of Kerens and Mrs. Ruby Spurlock Stovall of Kerens; seven grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, a brother, J. S. Spurlock of Oklahoma City, Okla., a sister Mrs. Mattie Rogers of Carlsbad, Calif.; six step-children, Grady McCall of Rice, Albert McCall of Red Oak, Mrs. Don Loper of Rice, Mrs. Donna Baker of Dallas, Mrs. Ronnie Cash of California, and Mrs. Irvin Horn of Red Oak.

Pallbearers are Ickey Crawford, Ernest Keele, Ernest Byrd, Paul Sloan, R. A. Bain, L. M. Bennett, Dock Fields, and Homer Wossum.

Honorary pallbearers are Lynn Holloway, Kenneth Lewis, T. E. Layfield and Kenneth Ray.


  • Corsicana, Daily Sun, April 1, 1977

  • Buried Restland Cemetery, Kerens, TX

  • Son of Melvin B Spurlock and Lee Ann (Wade) Spurlock

  • Submitted by Dana Stubbs

Joseph Shaw Spurlock
Dec 19, 1900 - Feb 26, 1985

Joseph Spurlock

Oklahoma City – Joseph Shaw Spurlock, Former resident of Navarro County, died Tuesday at Oklahoma City, Okla.

Graveside service is 2 p. m. Thursday at Emmett Cemetery.

Local arrangements are with Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Gladys Spurlock of Oklahoma City and three step-daughters.


  • Note: Corsicana, Daily Sun, Feb. 27, 1985

  • Note: Marker Photo at Prairie Grove Cemetery, Emmett, Navarro Co., TX

  • Note: Son of Melvin B Spurlock and Lee Ann (Wade) Spurlock

  • Submitted by Dana Stubbs

William David Gillen
Jul 29, 1889 - Sep 17, 1954

CORSICANA, Texas. - Funeral services were held for W. D. Gillen, 65, retired Magnolia Petroleum Company employee, who died at his home in Fort Worth. Masonic services were conducted at Hamilton Cemetery near here.
Surviving are his wife, a foster daughter, Mrs. Chester Harris of Fort Worth; his mother, Mrs. J. P. Gillen, Blooming Grove; three brothers, Clarence Gillen, Angus; Smith Gillen, Sundown, and Buster Gillen, Dallas; five sisters, Mrs. Ernest Martin Angus; Mrs. Dick Gideon, Mrs. Pat Murphy and Mrs. Honor Billingsley, all of Luling, and Mrs. Guy Grimes, Houston, and a grandson.



Services Sunday For W. D. Gillen

Funeral services for W. D. Gillen, 65, who died of a heart attack at his home in Fort Worth Friday, were held Sunday at 9 a.m. from the Lucas Funeral Chapel in Fort Worth.

Graveside services under the direction of the Masonic Lodge were held at
Hamilton Cemetery here Sunday at 2 p.m.

Gillen was a retired Magnolia Petroleum Company employe. He was a Corsicana resident for many years and went to Fort Worth when the personnel of the refinery here was transferred. He retired August 1.

Surviving are his wife, a foster daughter, Mrs. Chester Harris and a grandson, all of Fort Worth; mother, Mrs. J. P. Gillen, Blooming Grove; three brothers, Clarence Gillen, Angus; Smith Gillen, Sundown, and Buster Gillen, Dallas; five sisters, Mrs. Ernest Martin, Angus; Mrs. Dick Gideon, Mrs. Pat Murphy and Mrs. Homer Billingsley, all of Luling, and Mrs. Guy Grimes, Houston; 15 nieces and nephews and other relatives.

Corley directed the arrangements here.


Jack D. Everheart
Dec 22, 1903 - Mar 7, 1960

 "Funeral services for Jack D. Everheart, 56, who died at the family home,  1801 Maplewood,   Monday morning , March 7 1960, were held  Tuesday at 3 p.m. from the First Methodist church, of which he was an active member.  The rites were conducted by Dr. Floyd E. Johnson, pastor of the church,  with burial  in Oakwood cemetery.  A native of Whitewright, Texas, Everheart, a graduate of Texas A. and M. college,  was a member of the official board of the First Methodist church and was an active member of the Lions club and other civic organizations.  He had been manager of the USDA Soil Conservation Service headquarters here since 1946.  Surviving are his wife,  Mrs. Marian Everheart,  Corsicana;  two sons,  Bobby Jack Everheart,  student at Denton,  and James Michael Everheart,  Corsicana; two sisters,  Mrs. Austin Stedham,  Salina Kan.,  and Mrs. Mable Kirkpatrick,  Sherman; a brother , Bob Everheart, Sherman, and other relatives.  Pallbearers were R.M. Lavender,  Allan Bryant,  Drew Gillen,  W.F. Eckhardt,  Victor Howell and Homer Lee Sears.  McCammon directed."


  • Submitted by M. Everheart
  • TXDI: Jack D. Everheart; b. Dec 22, 1903 in Whitewright, TX; d. Mar 7, 1960 in Corsicana, TX; burial March 8, 1960 in Corsicana [view Death Certificate]

Ayden Lane Vickers
July 29, 2010 - July 29, 2010

Ayden Lane Vickers, our little Angel in heaven, was born and died on Thursday, July 29, 2010 in Mansfield, Texas.

He is survived by his parents, Meagan Lee and Bobby Vickers; grandparents, Elizabeth Storm, and Bobby and Pheadra Vickers; great-great grandfather, W. D. Travis; aunt, Jessie Vickers and uncle, Travis Myers.

Memorials may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International at 26 Broadway, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10004.


Worsham Crawford
Sep 5, 1925 - July 27, 2010

Worsham Crawford, 84, of Corsicana passed away at Heritage Oaks Retirement Village on Tuesday, July 27, 2010 after a long illness. He was born in Purdon, Texas on September 5, 1925, graduated from Corsicana High School in January 1943, and married the love of his life, Julia Mae Griffin, on May 23, 1943. He served in the Army Air Corps in World War II. After the war, he became a carpenter and was owner of a successful contracting business in Corsicana. He was a master craftsman known for his pursuit of perfection.

He was a member and deacon of Westminster Presbyterian Church of Galveston for seven years, and a fifty-two year member of Westminster Presbyterian Church of Corsicana.

He was preceded in death by his parents, H.H. and Laura Crawford; sisters, Lois Wenzel and Betty Warner; and brothers, R.D. and H.S. Crawford.

Worsham is survived by his wife of 67 years, Julia Crawford; daughter, Linda Denbow and husband Donnie; son, Bill Crawford and wife Pam; grandchildren, Corey Crawford, Laurie Denbow and Don A. Denbow; great-grandchildren, Hunter, Trevor and Andrew Denbow, William and Catherine McCoy, and Mathew and Emma Crawford.

A visitation with the family will be held on Thursday, July 29, 2010 from 5:30 to 7:00 PM at Corley Funeral Home. Services will be held at 3:00 PM on Friday, July 30, 2010 at Westminster Presbyterian Church of Corsicana with Brother William Honea and Reverend Darla Blatnik officiating. Pallbearers will be his nephews, Jim Gentry, Jack Bibbs, Charles Bibbs, Johnny Crawford, Lee Thomas and Davey Griffin. Honorary Pallbearers are Johnny Rhoads, Kenneth Wylie, Jack Conger, Ernest Walker, Paul Curington and G.E. Ramey. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

The family would like to thank Dr. Kent E. Rogers, Dr. John D. Updegrove, and the staff of Navarro Regional Hospital and Heritage Oaks Retirement Village for their loving care.

Memorials may be made to Presbyterian Children's Homes and Services at 312 N. 13th, Corsicana, Texas 75110.


Steven Gillespie Stroube, Sr.
Sept 17, 1949 - July 25, 2010

Steve Stroube

At peace in his home and with his family at his side, Steve went to his final reward on July 25, 2010, after a brave struggle with cancer. Steve was a life-long resident of Corsicana being the third son born to his parents Henry Reynaud Stroube, Jr. and Mary Ann Gillespie Stroube. In 1972 Steve married his high school sweetheart and love of his life Elaine Richards Stroube. Steve and Elaine have three children--Gil Stroube, Kate Hrobsky and Anne Stroube.

Steve graduated from Corsicana High School in 1968 and the University of Texas at Austin in 1972. At UT Steve was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon. Following graduation Steve and Elaine returned to Corsicana where Steve started his first of several successful businesses.

Originally, Steve was a member of the First Christian Church, but later joined Elaine at the First Baptist Church where they attended for 34 years. Steve's Christian service also included Legacy Outfitters, a non-denominational Christian men's service organization that held its monthly meetings at the Upland Bird Country lodge.

Following a family tradition, Steve served for twelve years on the board of the Corsicana Independent School District. His business acumen was a significant contribution in the management of the board's affairs.

Steve had two passions --- hunting and golf. Again, in a family tradition, Steve served on the board of the Corsicana Country Club where he contributed not only to the quality of the Club's golf course, but also to its “personality.” Steve was an avid and accomplished golfer, often to both the amusement and aggravation of his fellow competitors. He loved the sport and endeavored to play as many times and on as many courses as his leisure time would allow.

His second passion, hunting, is manifested in his nationally known wing shooting preserve Upland Bird County. Every day for six months of the year with the help of his loyal staff of guides Steve was on the phone, on the porch, behind the counter or in the field with either his clients or Pete. For more than two decades his clients enjoyed the facility and the man.

Steve was preceded in death by his parents. His survivors are his family and friends. The family includes: his wife Elaine, son Gil and his wife Lauren, daughter Kate and her husband Dirk Hrobsky, and daughter Anne; grandchildren Trip, Hoyt and Bren Elaine; brother and sister-in-law Rey and Kathy Stroube; brother and sister-in-law Hugh and Pam Stroube; nephew Rey Stroube IV, his wife Terri and their children Quinn, Blake and Molly; niece Michelle Stroube; nephew Hugh Stroube, Jr. and his wife Lori and their son William; niece Samantha Daviss, her husband Kelly and their children Colin and Todd; uncle C. M. Gillespie, Jr. and his wife Elaine; uncle George Gillespie and his wife Eileen; mother-in-law Macye Innis; sister-in-law Sharon Bostic, her husband Billy and their children Lainey, Katie and Grace; brother-in-law Rick Richards and his wife Janice; brother-in-law Jim Innis, his wife Nora and their children Chelsea and Maddie.

Steve loved and cared for his family with an unsurpassed intensity. He enjoyed his friends with an enthusiastic zeal. No one will forget Steve. His memory will live in our hearts and minds.
The family expresses their appreciation to Dr. Martin Raber, Connie LeDay Jacobs, Dr. Keith Schrader, Dr. Kent Rogers and Family First Hospice for their caring and compassion during Steve's struggle.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. on Tuesday, July 27, 2010, at Corley Funeral Home. Following a private graveside service, a memorial service for Steve will be held on Wednesday, July 28, 2010, at 2:00 P.M. at the First Baptist Church in Corsicana with Rev. B. F. Risinger, Jr. officiating.


Ezelle (Yates) Yates
Aug 10, 1921 - July 24, 2010

Ezelle Yates, age 88, passed away Saturday, July 24, 2010 at Heritage Oaks Retirement Village in Corsicana. She was born August 10, 1921 in Alexander City, Alabama to L.B. and Nannie Yates.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Alfred Yates, brother Orell Yates and grandson Marty Yates.

She is survived by son, Sonny Yates of Angus; 2 daughters, Amanda Martin and husband Finis of Corsicana and Alfreida Payne and husband John of Tyler; five grandchildren, Kala Reamy and husband Ryan of Kerens, Jeff Yates and wife Jill of Angus, Judson Humphries and wife April of Elkhart, Julie Pope and husband Colin of Tyler, Katie Yates of Dawson, and Angie Yates of Stephenville, Tx.; 7 great grandchildren, Ross and Rick Reamy, Marty Yates, Sydney and Sadey Yates, Michael and Kerstin Humphries; a sister, Avie Whaley and husband Jack of Alabama; and a sister-in-law Johnnie Yates of Alabama.

Visitation will be 2:00 to 3:00 PM Tuesday, July 27, at Corley Funeral Home. Services will be 3:00 PM Tuesday, July 27 at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Bruce Carpenter officiating. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park in Corsicana.

Mildred Joyce (Owen) Carroll
Mar 13, 1935 - July 17, 2010

Mrs. Mildred Joyce (Owen) Carroll, 75, of Corsicana passed away on Saturday, July 17, 2010 at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. She was the oldest of three children born to William Everett & Violet Moore Owen on March 13, 1935 at the Shell clinic in Corsicana, Texas.
She graduated from Corsicana High School in 1953. Worked many years at Collin Street Bakery, Medical Arts Clinic, Home Furniture, and owned a Feed & Seed store for many years.
Mildred fought a long & courageous battle with breast cancer since 2002.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
She is survived by her husband of 57 years; Franklin D. (Red) Carroll, daughter; Sharon Bush and husband Don of Corsicana, son; Dr. David F. Carroll and wife Karyn of The Woodlands, grandchildren; Jonathan K. Wilcox, Jennifer Wilcox, Kaitlyn Carroll and Cody Carroll., brothers; James Owen and wife Pat of Corsicana, and Billy Owen and wife Sherry of Corsicana, sister-in-law; Peggy Woods, and many nieces, nephews, cousins & friends.
Visitation will be held from 6:00 – 8:00 P.M. On Monday, July 19, 2010 at Corley Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Tuesday, July 20, 2010 at the Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Rick Lamb officiating. Interment will follow in the Dresden cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to either the American Cancer Society, Northside Baptist Church Building Fund, or the Gideon's International Foundation.

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